NFC-Chip Hand Modification

Zoe Quinn (aka Tumblr ohdeargodbees) has an inserted an NFC chip for experimentation with data transfer with devices. Already she has demonstrated contactless phone-unlocking and sharing software codes, but there is more to explore with - certainly food for thought on the subject of our relationships with tech and digital identification.

Here are two videos where Zoe discusses and demonstrates how this works - the first video is very brief, but the second video shows the installation procedure (which isn’t for the squemish):

And here, in a Tumblr post, Zoe gives some answers as to why she has done this:

Q: What is in your hand, exactly?

I have an NTAG216 in it. Its really, really new. Like you can’t get one yet by just trying to straight up order them. It’s got 888 bytes of read/write data and I can reprogram it from my phone whenever I want.

Q. What can you do with it?

I’m not sure what all the possibilities are. I can tell you that I’m planning to make a game that integrates it, and I can lock and unlock my phone with it super easy as well as transmit data to other compatible NFC devices like Android phones. Thus, if you see me and have one, high five me with it because I have a Steam key stored on there that will be transmitted to your device. 

I’m also getting an arduino controller that plays with it in the mail any day now. But basically, my answer is “I’m exploring that as we speak and will post any cool shit I come up with”.

Q. How do you connect to it?

I just hold my phone over where it is in my hand and I get access.

Q. What about the NSA/hackers/chemtrails?

It only has what I put on it, like an external hard drive. The NSA can’t track me with it. Also if someone tried to hack my hand, considering it’s a 10cm read/write range, they’d also be well within punching range too and it’d be really obvious what they were doing. Beyond that, I could just rewrite the fuckin thing if I wanted to.

Q. How easy is it to remove?

I’d just have to pop it out with a scalpel and try to not barf and pass out again.

Q. What if NFC becomes obsolete?

So fucking what it’s an experiment. I am stupidly optimistic about exploring biohacking and if obsolescence happens, the shit I learn in the interim is already worth having to stab myself with a scalpel later if I really really want to get rid of it (I probably won’t)

Q. Will your magnet affect it?

Nope! NFC chips don’t work that way. I mention it in the video a little.

Q. I know you have a magnet but I’m still worried about you and MRIs.

Stilllll not an issue. 

Q. Should I do this to myself the same way you did?

NO. I HAVE TRAINED UNDER LICENSED PIERCING PROFESSIONALS AND TOOK A HUGE RISK IN DOING WHAT I DID DON’T BE CRAZY. I don’t condone anything I did in this video nor do I suggest it, it was pretty reckless to be honest and you should absolutely not do this to yourself. I knew the risks and did it anyway. I am a dumb, dumb person.

You can follow the progress of Zoe’s experiment at her ohdeargodbees Tumblr blog here



A DIY international digital art biennale in Wroclaw, Poland, that uses NFC tags for accessing content with your smartphone. Developed by dominikpodsiadly, these tags appear in various locations around the city, a lo-fi combination of net-art and street art:

The “#nfcdab” festival displays various aspects of digital art that use internet means of expressions, which have become increasingly available with the development of mobile devices.
The festival will initiate a cycle of experimental exhibitions, in which artists’ works will be distributed via NFC tags based on the Near Field Communications system. Just approach a mobile equipped with a NFC reader to them to download data recorded as a www address or display a short message on the screen. With absolute minimalism of the form of presentation and a small price of NFC tags, virtually anyone can materialise their own idea or message. Such exhibition model derives from the DIY idea, it promotes independence and offers an opportunity to easily share culture in any place and time.
 ….During festival exhibitions we will see accomplishments of extremely interesting artists from several countries worldwide, who submitted their works in an open call run on Tumblr and Facebook internet portals.

There will also be an exhibition on the local tram services:

"From A to B & Back Again"
H. 13.12-TRAM “House of Europe”, UL. View 1-3

In the trains (trams): lines 33, 32 and 31, you will find 100 NFC tags and QR codes, arranged in one wagon. This is the project “From A to B & Back Again”, prepared by Zsolt Mesterhazy, from the Dutch Foundation BrowserBased, in cooperation with the City of Wroclaw and Communication Company NFCW Project. This exposure will be on display in these trains throughout the duration of the Festival.

The nfcwproject event has a Tumblr blog here and a Facebook page here


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Kickstarter campaign for independent attempt at mass-market clothing embedded with NFC tags for wireless phone instructions - video embedded below:

Zuzance is start up that is creating affordable, wearable technology in the form of clothing.

One day, Gabe (our project lead) started looking into wearable tech, but he could not find a whole lot that was both practical and affordable. That’s when he contacted the rest of the Zuzance team and brought some ideas to us.

We were convinced that we were onto something and we wanted to see if anyone else agreed with us …

You can find out more about the project here

I’m not sure if this will be the best application of the idea (no idea if the system will be open for creative or even illicit use) but it is interesting to see where this idea can go.

Update - some feedback from the team:

The non-technical synopsis: The tags are only limited by the writing app you choose to download (if you are using android) and through IFTTT, Tasker and Trigger, the possibilities for what you can do with the NFC tags are almost endless.

Nintendo reveals NFP




Nintendo is making figurines of their many beloved characters that can be used across several games on Wii U & 3DS.


It seems they’re interested in having some of that sweet sweet cash brought in by the success of Skylanders and Disney Infinity.

And so, I’m sure many of us Nintendo fans will collect them all until we end up with our shelves cluttered like: